January 11, 2015

Include students in search

Gabrielle Price

I, along with other members of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, share columnist Richard Day’s Dec. 26 sentiments regarding the inclusion of students in the hiring of Fayette County’s next superintendent. As the school system’s chief constituents, we believe this is essential to the vision of a system that aspires to be “About Kids.”


We appreciate the board’s encouragement of our efforts and are doing our homework to grow that support.


In recent weeks, we have held productive conversations about reexamining the 25-year-old law with representatives from the Kentucky Education Association, Kentucky School Boards Association, Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Association of School Councils, among others.


But the involvement of students in the current search should not wait for this change to occur. As Day notes, the school board already has the ability to create an advisory committee to review and provide feedback on candidates. This is consistent with efforts to get input from the District Student Council.


Informal participation is far more advantageous than having no student voice at all. However, we will continue to push for decision-making privileges at deeper levels of governance.

The Kentucky Student Voice Team is an independent, youth-led, statewide organization that supports students as research, policy, and advocacy partners to ensure Kentucky’s education system is as equitable, just, and as excellent as it can be. Until 2021, it was part of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, an independent, nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky—early childhood through postsecondary.

This letter to the editor originally ran in the Lexington Herald-Leader in response to Richard Day's op-ed calling for Fayette County to add students to the superintendent search process that would avoid the limitations of Kentucky law.

This letter to the editor originally ran in the Lexington Herald-Leader in response to Richard Day's op-ed calling for Fayette County to add students to the superintendent search process that would avoid the limitations of Kentucky law.